March 18, 2013 - Monday of Judica

Today's Reading: Genesis 22:1-14

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 2:1-22; Mark 14:32-52

And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together. (Genesis 22:8)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. “Judica. Vindicate me, O God.” If anyone's got some 'splainin' to do it's Abraham to Isaac. Why are they carrying wood and fire? Why are they building an altar? Why is dad tying me up? Why is dad getting out his knife? Abraham once came up with a plan to hide his wife by pretending she was his sister. He once tried to speed up the Lord by having a son with his maidservant. Abraham was always trying to vindicate, prove himself.

But now, on Mount Moriah, Abraham's got nothing. Either the Lord will vindicate him or not, but he can't prove he's right himself. The book of Hebrews teaches us that even if the Lord would have to raise Isaac from the dead to keep His promise to Abraham, Abraham figured that's what He'd do. (Hebrews 11:19) Of course, the Lord does vindicate Abraham. He stays Abraham's hand from slaying his son and provides a ram caught in the thicket to sacrifice instead. But now Abraham has learned faith. Trust that the Lord will take care of things.

Jesus knows this. It's why He commends Himself to the Father's will and goes to the cross. He knows the Father will take care of Him even when He's absent on Calvary. Jesus knows it's not His job to prove anything. And because Jesus has answered for your sins, you have nothing to prove either.

There's your repentance for Judica week: Repent of trying to work things out for yourself and make them come out okay. Trust in the Lord's promises to do for you all that He promises in Jesus through water, Word, body and blood, to be your Lord and save you and take care of you. “Vindicate me, O Lord,” isn't “Here's my reason,” but “Here's your reason: Jesus. For His sake, forgive and love me forever.” And He absolutely does. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

When we seem in vain to pray And our hope seems far away, In the darkness be our stay: Hear us, holy Jesus. (Jesus, In Your Dying Woes, LSB 447:11)

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